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Growing up, not much is known about Ciri's relationship with her parents, thought it appeared Pavetta adored her daughter, with others remarking how it was. 40 quotes have been tagged as witcher: Andrzej Sapkowski: 'People, Geralt Quotes tagged as "witcher" Showing of 40 tags: bonhart, ciri, witcher. The Witcher 3 takes place about 10 years after Geralt and Ciri meet and about 15 . Geralt and Yennefer are practically her parents and Ciri's relationship with Triss .. The thing that sealed the deal for me, summed up in personality quotes.
Ciri doesn't even call her mother or Lady Yennefer and Yen doesn't call her my daughter or my ugly little owl or whatever it is translated in your language. In German it's Eulchen, a cute little owl. Just look at that owl: Yennefer even tells Ciri that she should be happy that she doesn't need magic to look already beautiful.
Why not like this: When I compare that to the books I mean, I hoped it would be like there, Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri on 3 horses doing their business as a family, but despite we have finally Yennefer in the game, it's only Geralt and Ciri doing their business First, why is Geralt sleeping in the big hall instead of with Yennefer, when he is back to his love of life?
It would be a good situation to let Yennefer explain, why Ciri should see Emhyr at least once and then decide what she wants to do. It would also give Yennefer the time to explain herself, why she thinks it is something Ciri has to think about. Anyway, Ciri asks Geralt to come with her to kill him, they go, meet and kill him and 2 witchesall of it without Yennefer. After killing Imlerith they sit together and talk a bit: That's it again and someone is just missing After that fight you go to Novigrad and when you meet Yennefer, you will talk about that fight with Imlerith and it shows again how much trust Yennefer have in both of them: Yet, Geralt is surprised and Ciri doesn't even mention it near Yennefer nor does she.
The next scene about them and the family is, when the Lodge wants to talk with Ciri. Geralt can go with Ciri to meet the rest of the Lodge or wait and let Ciri talk with them alone. First of all I don't understand why Yennefer isn't part of this in the first place, especially if you consider that she is a sorceress, she knows what the Lodge wanted and wants from her now and she was the one in the books going with Ciri, because she actually knew what to do in this situation.
This would have been also the best moment to implement the "But I want to be called Cirilla of Vengerberg, daughter of Yennefer. If Geralt decides to let Ciri do it alone, Yennefer joins him, because she is of course worried about her, it is clearly visible in her gestures, facial expression and acting: When Ciri comes back she says again that: The whole scene is really great though, especially when Ciri comments again about how both of them haven't changed a bit, the second time.
I was relieved to hear that, because it meant that it is how it was in the books, but to be honest it isn't.
It's like Yennefer is almost excluded from this family, dragged away from them like she doesn't have a place with them anymore and the next scene even illustrate it: This scene perfectly describes the unfulfilled love between Yennefer and her family, while Geralt and Ciri are having fun, Yennefer is excluded from them.
Why can't she just be part of it? Looking at them like she isn't allowed to join them, having fun with them, with her family.
I was always in favour of Yennefer, I love her character, I love that family, yet all my Geralt's devotion to her, to this family, isn't making a difference.
She is being excluded from them despite what she did, does and would do for them. Is this really what she deserved after all of this? To be the third wheel? She is the black one in this" white - ash blonde - black" constellation, one of the core elements in this, without it, it isn't the same anymore. Why do you deny her her family? She is so close to them, yet so far apart from them than ever.
Even if she had a similiar scene with her alone, it wouldn't be the same, as when the three of them were together as it should be.
Ciri was the glue that kept them together and not drift them apart. And so I already come to the last scene with them, when all three of them actually do a quest together, finally, when visiting Avallac'h's laboratory. A rough beginning or was it? Where did all of this start? Well, at first you have Yennefer of Vengerberg, a sterile sorceress who dreams of having a child of her own and has struggled for years in her vain attempts to achieve this goal.
So did Yennefer use her relationship with Geralt to get close to Ciri and become her mother against her will? Yen knows that Geralts is bond by destiny and the Law of Surprise to the child, she also knows that he gave up on said child.
How does she react? And that golden dragon… What was he called? But nothing will come of it. It cannot be any other way. We have to part so as not to hurt one another.
We two, destined for each other. Created for each other. The one or ones who created us for each other ought to have made more of an effort. Something more is needed.
I had to tell you. In spite of everything. Ride to Cintra, go there as fast as you can. Fell times are approaching, Geralt. And lighter and lighter. Yennefer and Geralt are not together at the time. They both aspire to be normal people, to have a normal life.
So they have to part. And Yen sends Geralt to Cintra, to Ciri, the child who is bound to him by destiny, the child he decided to leave behind. After that event, Geralt will indeed find Ciri again and start raising her. Well Geralt asked her to. She did it for him, despite everything, despite them no being together at the time, despite the fact that he had hurt her, despite the fact that he had asked Triss for help first, the very same Triss who tried to steal him from Yennefer.
And their first meeting is very interesting. The girl felt anger and rebellion rising within her - she was not used to be treated this way. And at the same time she experienced a burning envy. Yennefer was very beautiful. No she did not envy Yennefer that one thing - did not desire to have it or even look at it.
Those eyes, violet, deep as a fathomless lake, strangely bright, dispassionate and malefic. The magician turned towards the stout high priestess. Furious as a cat.
And if she could flatten her ears, she would. She really is not who you take her to be. This lasted no more than a fraction of second after which the force disappeared and Yennefer burst out laughing, lightheartedly and sweetly. And very, very beautiful. Ok, so I had to cut big parts of it because the whole scene is several pages long. And it can be easily understood.Witcher 3 ► THE BEST ENDING - Ciri Becomes a Witcher. Triss Romance
So they had absolutely no reason to like each other at first. But then during this short first meeting already something changes. Yennefer is touched by this fierce little girl who already wants to rebel against her, a powerful sorceress. It took her no more than a couple of minutes, she already saw who Yennefer was behind that cold mask everyone else sees. She already knows that this smile is sincere, that this woman is not the cold sorceress that everyone thinks she is, that there is more to it.
To give you an idea of the importance of their relationship in the saga, the whole last chapter of Blood of Elves is dedicated entirely to this. I absolutely loved that chapter the first time I read the books and I still do. It is still one of my favorite chapters, one that I enjoy reading again from time to time. The character development for both Yennefer and Ciri in this chapter is amazing and set in motion what will be the main arc for the whole saga: I could write a post twice as long as this one talking only about this one chapter.
She stared at a detail on the carved wardrobe door known only to her. You thought perhaps that I might not notice because I am not in the least interested in your answers? You believed, perhaps, that I would simply accept that you are stupid? Either way this test is concluded. Because for the first time the magician had called her by her name. And now take the next sheet of paper. Yennefer is a very smart woman, well educated with a LOT of knowledge and in this chapter she proved to be a very passionate, very competent teacher.
A very strict one to. She makes it clear from the very beginning that if Ciri wants her to teach her, she needs to be completely honest with her, to respect her and to obey her. She promises in return to answer all her questions honestly, to never lie to her. And they are assessing each other. Now what happens in the part there?
Well, Ciri decided to test Yennefer by voluntarily giving her the wrong answer during one of their sessions. And this will be an important moment for both of them. Yennefer really is with her in this, she really cares about her education, she is not pretending.
But then when she threatens to stop teaching Ciri, the girl is scared and apologizes right away. She wants Yennefer there, she likes Yennefer and likes being taught by her. Next thing you know, Yennefer softens and for the first time calls Ciri by her name. She just accepts to take their relationship to a personal level.
But here with Ciri she is a wonderful mother. Very strict when needed, loving and caring otherwise. One evening, of her on initiative, unasked, casually, joyfully and embellishing a great deal, she told the enchantress about her first meeting with the witcher in Brokilon Forest, among the dryads who had abducted her and wanted to force her to stay and become one of them.
Because he must have had a wonderful expression when he found out who you were? Do you want to see? That laughter, thought Ciri watching swarms of black birds flying eastwards, that laughter, shared and sincere, really brought us together her and me. We understood - both she and I - that we can laugh and talk together about him. Our laughter together brought us closer to each other. Andrzej Sapkowski - Blood of Elves Notice how they are now able to casually joke and tell stories to one another, notice how Yennefer, who told us herself that she rarely laughed is being completely opened, vulnerable and joyful here.
Notice how Ciri is happy and being her true devilishly funny self. Notice how they are even able to bond over the one subject that divided them at first, Geralt. This chapter is full of these moments when they are just enjoying each other company, talking about anything, reading, relaxing together. And then there is the one event that tells us how much Yennefer now cares about Ciri. Be careful ugly one. Draw on it carefully and very, very slowly. Yennefer and Nenneke did not talk to each other for a week.
For a week, Ciri lazed around,read books and got bored because the magician had put her stories on hold. The girl did not see her for entire days - Yennefer disappeared somewhere at dawn, returned in the evening, looked at her strangely and was oddly taciturn. After a week, Ciri had had enough. In the evening when the enchantress returned, she went up to her without a word and hugged her hard. For a very long time.
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She did not have to speak. The following day the high priestess and the lady magician made up, having talked for several hours. Andrzej Sapkowski - Blood of Elves So, one day, the magic exercises went wrong and Ciri ended up hurting herself which led to several things. First Yennefer calling her daughter for the very first time. And what the hell was she going to do with it? An old dream is finally becoming reality and she is not sure how it happened or how to deal with it exactly.
And once again, Ciri can see right through her. Ciri seems to have this ability to read Yen at any time even when Yen is pulling back, especially when Yen is pulling back I would say. She knows very well why the sorceress is distant again, and she is not having any of it.
And Yennefer just gives up fighting it. He spoke of some sorts of analogies… Showed me a map. Lady Yennefer, my grandmother was much cleverer than Jarre.
King Eist was clever too. He sailed the seas, saw everything, even a narwhal and sea serpent, and I bet he also saw many an analogy. Yennefer put her arms around her and hugged her tightly. If the ability to make use of experience and draw conclusions decided, we would have forgotten what war is a long time ago.
But those whose goal is war have never been held back, nor will be, by experience or analogy. There is going to be a war. Is that why we have to leave? Or you, Lady Yennefer. I want to stay with you. Yennefer coughed quietly, put down the scissors and comb, got to her feet and crossed over to the window.
The ravens were still croaking in their flight towards the mountains. Andrzej Sapkowski - Blood of Elves Two things worth noticing here. And then Yennefer promising her that she would stay with her, protect her, always. And she means it like she never meant anything before.
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It will not turned out as planned though and this is actually a very tragic quote when you know what happens next but I will get to that. Anyway, after that moment, Yennefer and Ciri finally leave Ellander.
They are going to Aretuza, the magic school where Ciri is supposed to become a sorceress. On their way there they will meet Geralt…. And for a very brief moment they will have a shot at being a family, the three of them. But then the Thanedd coup will take place and everything will go to hell. And the three of them will have to go their separate way for most of the remaining books. At one point Yennefer, trusting her mentor the sorceress Tissaia, brings Ciri in the middle of it, hoping that her powers would help, and ends up making things even worse.
And thing is, I have seen so many people blaming it on Yennefer, saying she tried to use Ciri for her own goal, trying to use her powers like everyone else did and then abandoned her. The truth is actually much simpler and was summed up by Yennefer herself: The separation scene is beautiful and heartbreaking, here it is: They ran along the corridor.
The smoke became thicker and thicker. It chocked them, blinded them. The walls shook from the explosion. I have to stay here. Do you see those stairs? To the very bottom. At the end of the corridor is a stable and a single, saddled horse. Lead it out and mount it.
It knows the way, just spur it on. When you get to Loxia, find Margarita. She will look after you. Trust me, I beg you.
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Now run for it. The enchantress was standing beside a column, resting her forehead against it. Ciri is asking, not only asking actually but begging Yennefer not to leave her alone. Her worst nightmare is becoming reality in this moment.
And Yennefer is just torn apart. And yet she knows she is breaking her promise to Ciri, she is leaving her alone, she is not protecting her. But she has to make a choice and she makes a mistake again. How could she have predicted that things would go so bad? To make this simple Yennefer ends up being kidnapped by Francesca Findabair and Ciri escapes through a magical portal and finds herself lost in the desert.
No one trusts her anymore, everyone thinks she has betrayed during the coup, no one trusts sorceresses anymore anyway. She has nothing left. She escapes her captors as soon as she is able to and she starts looking for Ciri. At this point of the saga she is showing the two character traits I love the more about her, her unstoppable determination and her unconditional love.